After a few days with my Aunt and Uncle, we headed over to Pinedale and stayed at the Rivera Lodge Bed and Breakfast! It was super cute and the kids saw a moose in the kitchen window! The lodge is right in town, but the river runs directly behind it and apparently the moose are frequent visitors on the river path. They also provide a really nice breakfast in the morning 🙂
At the end of July, we decided to take a last-minute 10-day trip to Wyoming, and as usual, it was awesome! We took two days to drive out there and two days back (And let me tell you, driving with two kids is no joke. All you parents out there – I finally get it, lol). If you haven’t checked out my last post – you better check out that life update. Anywho, it was great to set our own schedule and make our way out there. It was even more fun to show everyone why I love Wyoming so much and even check out some “new to me places.”
I took so many pictures (no surprise there), we’re going to break this recap into parts!
Memorial weekend my boyfriend and I drove up to Drummond Island for a little R&R. Having lived in Michigan for as many years as I have, I’m surprised I haven’t heard more about this island or been there before! It’s located past the Mackinaw Island bridge and as far east as you can go before you have to board a quick ferry (with your car! A new experience for me!) over to the island. From there, you’re practically in Canada – and your phone will keep reminding you of that – international roaming anyone?
On the way there, as per usual we had to stop for some road-trip type food and I found out that KFC has snack size famous bowls! Did you know this was a thing? Why didn’t anyone tell me!? 8 points of deliciousness!
The moment I get into the state of Wyoming I feel relaxed. It’s truly my happy place. The days are quiet, stress-free, and slow. How often do we get to go to a place where relaxing is the only thing on the agenda? Where you look out the window and see mountains and trees, a house scattered here or there, but for the most part you’re secluded. Whether it’s winter, summer or anything in between the days are filled with bright blue sky, breathing in fresh mountain air, hoping to see a moose(!), and letting your mind relax.
Aside from volunteering, there are several other ways to raise awareness and funds for organizations. One of those is by doing charity walks or climbs. To continue my support of Make a Difference Now (MAD), as mentioned in my previous post I decided to sign up for their charity climb in Patagonia this past February. If you’re looking for ways to experience other cultures, meet great people, see new sights, and taste great food – all for a good cause, then these might be the type of volunteer opportunities for you. I for sure have wanderlust and my passion for these types of experiences has grown exponentially over the years. I’m already starting to plan my next volunteer experience. Stay tuned!
But back to Patagonia, otherwise known as The End of the World! For this particular trip we signed up to go with six other people that we’d never met (other than a few email exchanges), which is an adventure in itself! But we couldn’t have asked for a better group, everyone was so friendly and easy going. Each of us had to raise a minimum of $1000, which all goes towards supporting the MAD children. Between my boyfriend and myself we were able to raise $2,360! That is enough to sponsor one child for a whole year and then some!